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Six Years: Why Rhodes must fall

For weeks I had tried to keep out of the fray of the Rhodes discussion happening in UCT and Rhodes and other university and public spaces in South Africa. Rhodes university, in particular, because of the sore and broken state it had left me – thanks to the violence of the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchal

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How to be a reverse racist: an actual step by step guide to oppressing white people

I’ve just about had it with white people claiming “reverse racism” at every off chance their whiteness is called into question and proactive measures are taken to reverse almost 400 years of their institutionalised privilege at the expense of Blacks. Several weeks ago, I posted on my personal facebook account a meme making mirthless jest

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No miracle arose in SA’s transition from apartheid

What is this miracle and for whom is it rising? TO Molefe asks about Miracle Rising Too few articulated so clearly what I felt throughout the entire month that DStv marketed and then broadcast this documentary as Osiame Molefe did. “For each time the miracle narrative is repeated, and it has been many times and

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Dear White People: Theoretical wars and podium envy

Gillian Schutte responds and does a (final?) summation of the prevailing and derailing discourses in the critical and ongoing dialogue on undoing whiteness. Note how she situates the responses as “theoretical wars and podium envy” while still pointing back to the intersection of white racism with heterosexism and classism in the reproduction of the discourse

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Rescuing whiteness

Well before Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people calling on them to reflect on their whiteness, its invisibility and centrality in the reproduction and edification of white power, the very experience of Black-ness has been characterized by this same demand. Yet, as is wont to be the case, it would be Schutte’s, a white womyn,

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There’s no unlearning whiteness, despite what ‘anti-racists’ say

Reflecting on the structural positionality of white people in a social order which affirms and celebrates their whiteness, Athi-Nangomso Esther Nkopo and Andile Mngxitama argue that there can be no unlearning whiteness despite what ‘anti-racists’ say. “Essentially this “anti-racism” industry appeals to whites to be nice about their whiteness and white supremacy, and not rub

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From those fabulous people who brought you apartheid…

Mandy de Waal does a re-rendering of Gillian Schutte’s letter to white people with some choice responses from South African whiteness. “Dear White people..” “Who would have the patience to even argue with this vile, senile, wicked woman?” “I have decided to start the New Year with a letter to you all. It is a

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Reflections on an epistle to white people

Yesterday morning, on my breakfast online media trawl, I ran into Gillian Schutte’s latest epistle to white South Africa. “Dear white people,” it opens, “[I] implore you to wake up and smell Africa with a fresh white nose.” Intrigued by what Schutte might have say to whites following a year of powerful pieces calling out

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